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More Than A Dozen Cars Broken Into Over the Weekend

White Lake Township was hit by a rash of larceny from vehicles between Jan. 19 and Jan. 20.

One attached garage and more than a dozen cars were broken into sometime between Jan. 19 and Jan. 20 in the area of Funston and Gladys in White Lake.

According to reports filed with the White Lake Police Department, a number of items were taken from unlocked vehicles including GPS units, cell phones, a MP3 player, loose change and sunglasses.

In addition, a homeowner on the 9000 block of Ashdown left an attached garage open and a bike was reported stolen. The cars in the garage were also rummaged through, but only the bike was missing, according to the report.

On the way to take the report, an officer found the bike along the road on Farnsworth. The bike was returned to the owner.

A second garage on the 200 block of Horizon had a damaged door, the report states, and it looked like someone had attempted to kick the door in. No items were missing.

Other cars had items reported missing during the same time frame on Cedar Island, Oak Place and Avonlea.

White Lake Police Chief Ed Harris said all the incidents are likely related.

"The only way to stop these types of crimes is to remove the opportunity," He said. "Lock you cars and close your garages. Do not leave anything in your vehicles that might be of value. If you see people walking around after dark and they look suspicious, call us. We will check on it."

Danielle Smith January 23, 2013 at 09:47 PM
Our PD is awesome, we had a false alarm this week and thought are neighbors qaraqe was being broken into, the officer was really nice and told us it isnt a bother for them to come out even for a false alarm better safe than sorry!
peter berci January 23, 2013 at 10:23 PM
I hear about this almost every week now. These people need to be caught soon. Please be vigilent as Chief Harris says, and if you see anyone out walking around after dark, call the police. If they are not doing anything wrong, I am sure they would not mind talking to a patrol officer.
melanie January 26, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Two weeks ago I had a man come to my door after dark (6:30 pm) with a container of Clorox wipes in his hands. He stated that he bet I was wondering why he was standing there with them in his hand. I immediately locked the screen door seeing that he did not have any identification, had nothing visible on him that would indicate he was selling something and sarcastically informed me that he could be on my property until 9 pm. After telling him that I was letting my dogs out and to leave, he backed out of my driveway, across my lawn, behind my shed and sped off preventing me from seeing his license plate. WL police came out immediately and stepped up patrols in my area that night. Interstingly the officer told me that solicitors have to be registered with the city and are not allowed to be out past dark. It's good to know that the police are on top of who is allowed/registered to be in our neighborhoods. It helps to easily weed those out who are not.
Holly Scott January 27, 2013 at 02:12 AM
200 Block of Horizon isn't that the same road that 17 year old was caught stealing from his dad of his guns and swords? Maybe he's the one that broke into all these other cars and garages too? Does this kid have a goatee? just wondering.
Laura Vogel January 28, 2013 at 02:55 PM
good eye, Holly. "At least four handguns, some swords and a few long guns were taken from a home on the 200 block of Horizon sometime between mid-December and Jan. 13 according to White Lake Police." http://whitelake.patch.com/articles/17-year-old-arrested-on-charges-of-larceny-of-a-firearm and, this story, here says: "A second garage on the 200 block of Horizon had a damaged door, the report states, and it looked like someone had attempted to kick the door in. No items were missing." Again, it sounds like someone has a drug addiction, and easily obtained pawnable items are being taken. The bike? Helps you get from location to location faster than walking/running...

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